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One of the hot topics of debate not only among NFL fans but pundits as well is who is the best football player of all time. Fans will also enjoy the best NFL coaches of all time and the best NFL quarterbacks currently in the league. It's a very difficult question to answer and one that can't be answered very easily. Do you rank a quarterback above an offensive lineman and likewise for a defensive end versus a wide receiver. Many of the players on this list have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, so this is a list of the best of the best players

All time greats like Jim Brown, Jerry Rice, Joe Montana and Lawrence Taylor are deservedly on this list. These players dominated the league when they played, often causing chaos on the field and often terrorized opponents and breaking the hearts of those fans. Football fans can agree that regardless of position, the players on this list should be considered among the best football players ever. These players' stats and overall influence on the way the game was played factor into why they're considered the best.
Vote for the football player you consider to be the greatest of all time. It's not an easy choice and you pretty much can't go wrong with any of these superstar players. There's a reason why they're considered the best football players ever and this your chance to choose who is the best of the best.

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+ - 11,483 4,931
Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jerry Rice Wide receiver

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+ - 9,488 3,997
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Walter Payton Running back

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+ - 9,619 4,772
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Joe Montana Quarterback

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+ - 9,265 3,580
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Barry Sanders Running back

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+ - 6,511 3,575
Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jim Brown Running back, Fullback

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+ - 5,364 2,797
Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Reggie White Defensive tackle, Defensive end

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+ - 9,497 5,858
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Tom Brady Quarterback

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+ - 7,095 3,599
Lawrence Taylor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Lawrence Taylor Linebacker

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+ - 4,894 2,474
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
John Elway Quarterback

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+ - 7,755 5,605
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Peyton Manning Quarterback

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+ - 6,439 2,785
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Deion Sanders Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

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+ - 4,951 2,896
Dan Marino is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Dan Marino Quarterback

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+ - 5,091 2,654
Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Brett Favre Quarterback

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+ - 3,979 1,623
Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

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+ - 3,907 2,006
Dick Butkus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Dick Butkus Linebacker, Center

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+ - 3,739 1,643
Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Ronnie Lott Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

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+ - 5,190 2,442
Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Emmitt Smith Running back

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+ - 5,188 2,757
Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Ray Lewis Linebacker

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+ - 3,867 1,829
Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Steve Young Quarterback

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+ - 3,396 2,063
Johnny Unitas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Johnny Unitas Quarterback

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+ - 4,667 2,049
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Randy Moss Wide receiver

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+ - 5,006 1,431
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Bo Jackson Running back

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+ - 2,874 1,538
Eric Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Eric Dickerson Running back

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+ - 2,936 1,469
Marshall Faulk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Marshall Faulk Running back

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+ - 3,814 1,725
J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
J. J. Watt Defensive end

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+ - 2,358 1,194
LaDainian Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
LaDainian Tomlinson Running back

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+ - 2,218 1,381
Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

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+ - 2,904 1,325
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Calvin Johnson Wide receiver

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+ - 2,355 1,334
Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Bart Starr Quarterback

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+ - 2,331 1,408
Jack Lambert is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jack Lambert Linebacker

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+ - 3,333 1,875
Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Adrian Peterson Running back

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+ - 2,104 870
Larry Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Larry Fitzgerald Wide receiver

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+ - 2,278 1,254
Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Earl Campbell Running back

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+ - 1,984 1,403
Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Otto Graham Quarterback

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+ - 2,070 753
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Charles Woodson Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

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+ - 2,740 1,622
Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Terry Bradshaw Quarterback

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+ - 1,852 1,182
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

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+ - 2,042 1,059
Rod Woodson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

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+ - 2,639 1,728
Tony Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Tony Gonzalez Tight end

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+ - 2,840 1,492
Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Aaron Rodgers Quarterback

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+ - 1,628 1,206
Mike Singletary is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

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+ - 2,180 1,304
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Roger Staubach Quarterback

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+ - 2,017 850
Michael Irvin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Michael Irvin Wide receiver

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+ - 1,549 1,050
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Dick Lane Cornerback

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+ - 1,891 1,088
Ed Reed is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Ed Reed Free Safety

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+ - 1,885 896
Troy Polamalu is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Troy Polamalu Strong Safety

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+ - 2,398 1,260
Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Drew Brees Quarterback

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+ - 1,620 813
Michael Strahan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Michael Strahan Defensive end

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+ - 2,007 1,265
Gale Sayers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Gale Sayers Running back, Return specialist

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+ - 2,234 1,436
Troy Aikman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Troy Aikman Quarterback